Greater NYC Indie Rock band Remember September has worked tirelessly since forming nearly eight years ago. We have seen our grassroot efforts expand from playing at local clubs around the Tri-State area to performing at stadiums, festivals and major venues all along the East Coast from New Hampshire to North Carolina!
We take great pride in the harmonic blending of vocals and instrumentation to create an original sound that appeals to a wide range of musical tastes and ages.
For example, over the past two years, we have been honored to be booked with a variety of legendary performers, including: Train, Chicago, The Doobie Bros., Kellie Pickler, Blues Traveler, Sister Hazel, The Dirty Heads, Augustana, Robert Randolph, AWB, Marc Cohn, Johnny Winter and many others. (See our website at www.rememberseptemberband.com for a complete listing.)
In addition, in 2012, we played almost 100 dates that included New Year's Eve at Mohegan Sun Casino, the Christmas Show for the injured troops at Walter Reed Medical Center in Bethesda, Md. as well as an array of different music festivals in Montauk (NY), Wormtown (Mass), Utica (NY), Jackson Gore at Okemo Mt. (Vt), Keene State (NH), New Haven Arts & Ideas (Ct) and several others.
Here are a couple of press clips that best describe us:
“[Remember September] is so much more than just an ordinary rock band because of their diverse style.....” (Skope Magazine)
"Remember September’s acoustic rock sound blends country, rock, jazz and blues, and has been compared to the Allman Brothers and Dave Matthews Band....". (Serendipity Magazine)
We hope that you will consider us for your event!
Jay Schod - Acoustic Guitar, Lead singer
Chris Schod - Lead Guitar, and Vocals.
Eric Schod - Bass
Gerard Awad - Drums
Dave Savitsky - Saxophone, and Vocals
"Sounds from The Bedroom" (Coming in Summer 2013!!!)
"The Roads We Travel" (second studio album released 1/1/2010)
"Something Much Deeper"* (debut cd:2005)
"Live with Chicago"* (EP/live recording from July 2006)
"Music To Waste Your Wednesdays By"*(PLAY Magazine's compilation)
"Ten of Northeast's Finest Breaking Through"*(February 2007)
Illumina Records' "Connecticut Rockers For Life" (November 2007)
Blue Pie Productions/INgrooves' Acoustic Sounds (January 2008)
*Tracks are available for download through iTunes, Pandora, Spotify, Rhapsody, Amazon, Walmart.com,as well as several retail and e-tail outlets.
Behind Their Music
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Remember September rememberseptemberband.com TRUMBULL, CT Ironically, September is the one mont...Remember September
Ironically, September is the one month of the entire year you won't find this band rocking out to its original tunes like "Can't Fix My Fixations" or "Innocence." That's when these five guys (three brothers - Chris, Jay, and Eric Schod - with Gerard Awad on drums, Dave Savitsky on sax and Mary Albano on vocals) take a break from performing to work on new songs. Unrelated to the time off, the Schods named the band after two family members who died that month. Remember September's acoustic rock sound blends country, rock, jazz and blues, and has been compared to the Allman Brothers and Dave Matthews Band. Jay (the singer/songwriter of the group) has been playing music and singing since he was a teenager, but Remember September didn't form as a typical garage band. Jay had been working on an album with Westport producer Alec Head when he broke his wrist snowboarding. His brother Chris filled in and, soon enough, a band was born. Eric just recently joined when he turned 21 (having a member under 21 proved difficult for this band) and Mary Albano began singing with them this summer. The group has perfomed everywhere from Chapel Hill, NC, to Toad's Place in New Haven, even opening for big names like Chicago and Train. But their favorite is playing at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, DC. "To put a smile on these guys' faces is so gratifying," Jay says.
Guilty Pleasure: Anita Baker, says Jay.
Remember September wins Best Indie Rock Band
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Indie rock” is a term that’s become more and more ambiguous and convoluted throughout the past decad...Indie rock” is a term that’s become more and more ambiguous and convoluted throughout the past decade. At one time, it referred to any band not signed to a major label. Remember September aren’t signed to a major, and since their sound is a hybrid of their many musical interests, it’s difficult to pigeon hole them into any one genre. In that spirit, indie rock will do as well as any. And besides, our readers have spoken.
“We’re like Dave Matthews meets Southern rock, that type of flavor,” says vocalist and songwriter Jay Schod. “Lots of segues and jam bandy type stuff, too. … It’s tough to categorize yourself.”
“Everybody in the band comes from a very different musical background,” adds guitarist Chris Schod, Jay’s brother. “We have a sax player who’s a jazz guy. I like classic rock guitarists, like Jimmy Page and Jimi Hendrix and stuff like that. Our drummer is a metal head.”
The Trumbull-based group has been gigging steadily, honing their live show and writing new material that they hope will propel their act into the national circuit in the near future. They recently headlined Saturday night of the 2010 SoNo Arts Celebration, have become regular fixtures at both Connecticut casinos, and their touring schedule is heavier than most locals can manage without quitting day jobs.
“We want to start working our way down south,” says Jay Schod. “We’re getting ready to do our third annual trip to Walter Reed Medical Center in Washington D.C. right now.” That particular show is a benefit for wounded soldiers, their families and the staff of the hospital, and is sponsored by Salute the Veterans. In previous years they’ve listed the same event as among their top gigs.
Recently the band won first place for Best Country Video for the month of June on MTV’s ourstage.com for their song “Lonely Road.” Calling them country is just another attempt at categorization that doesn’t seem quite on the mark, but it makes sense for the song, if for no other reason than because they used violin.
Remember September’s most recent album The Roads We Travel came out in January, but newer ideas have materialized since its release, and with some downtime in October a new EP might blossom before the end of the year.
“I write the mainframes of the tunes,” explains Jay. “I come up with the arrangement and bring it to the band, and the band puts its own twist on it. Then we collaborate.”
Music For A Summer Night
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Music for a summer night Remember September headlines Summer Party Cruise By John Black J...Music for a summer night
Remember September headlines Summer Party Cruise
By John Black John@bostoneventguide.com
The band has been together for five years now, but the music made by the members of Remember September has never sounded the same, from year to year or even from week to week, according to guitarist Chris Schod.
“Our sound is continually evolving,” Schod said in an interview with Boston Event Guide. “I think that’s because our musicianship is a huge part of what we do. We like to see where each song will take us musically, so it’s never the idea of coming up with something that fits into a formula of what’s ‘popular.’ It’s a big reason we like playing live so much. We like to keep things interesting and get the audience to open up with each song.”
Skope Magazine's review of "The Roads We Travel"
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This new album titled The Roads We Travel will give you plenty to talk about and recollect. This ro...This new album titled The Roads We Travel will give you plenty to talk about and recollect. This rock group from Connecticut is so much more than just an ordinary rock band because of their diverse style...
Indie Band Showcase Feature on Remember September
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"...the more I listened to their material, the more I began to enjoy each and every song they write!..."...the more I listened to their material, the more I began to enjoy each and every song they write! It’s almost infectious?! "
Review of our new studio album "The Roads We Travel"
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Their white guy funky grooves and boy-next-door vocals, with lyrics about relationships and feelings...Their white guy funky grooves and boy-next-door vocals, with lyrics about relationships and feelings combine with the frequent saxing in a Dave Matthews-friendly way...
Band heads to D.C. to entertain injured soldiers
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Remember September, New England-Based Acoustic Rock Band, Plans August 8th Benefit for Soldiers At W...Remember September, New England-Based Acoustic Rock Band, Plans August 8th Benefit for Soldiers At Walter Reed Hospital in D.C.
Part of Wounded Warrior Project
WASHINGTON and TRUMBULL, Conn., July 7, 2009 (CONNECTICUT POST) -- Remember September, an acoustic rock band from Trumbull, Connecticut, has been invited to perform its second special benefit concert as part of the Wounded Warrior Project at 1 p.m., Saturday, August 8th, at Walter Reed Medical Center in Washington, D.C. according to band manager, John Schod.
The outdoor event, which will be held for wounded soldiers, their families, and the staff at the hospital is "the band's tribute to the brave women and men who put their lives on the line in Iraq and Afghanistan," Schod said. "The concert will be sponsored by the Wounded Warrior Project, an international, non-profit group which raises money to assist veterans with food, shelter, clothing, medical and education."
Remember September is using all of its summer shows as drop-offs for get-well cards and gift certificates for struggling military families.
"These wounded veterans are fighting a daily battle to reconstruct their lives now that they have returned home," Schod stated. "We know we can't give them back the lives they had, but we believe that music has the universal power to help rebuild their spirit.
"We're so excited to have the opportunity to return again to this special place and provide an afternoon of music and fellowship to our soldiers and their families."
Lead singer Jay Schod added, "The hospital is very excited about us coming back again this year. I have written a special song, 'Do You Remember,' as a tribute to the children of our fallen heroes. It will be a bonus track on our upcoming CD, 'Can't Fix My Fixations,' which will be available around July 15th.
"In addition, we have created a new Remember September tee shirt that commemorates the Walter Reed Benefit Concert. We'll be selling the shirts at all of our summer concerts on the East Coast and through www.myspace.com/rememberseptember."
“Music’s Much Deeper Than Sibling Rivalry For This Band Of Brothers.”
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"The brothers say that the openly collaborative process is what resulted in "Something Much Deeper" ..."The brothers say that the openly collaborative process is what resulted in "Something Much Deeper" being such an eclectic album -- the songs ranging from the straight-up classic guitar rock of "Fade" and "Bleedin' Guitar" to the bongo-driven acoustic folk of "On My Own" and even a bit of silky-smooth R & B on "Greatest Love" and "My Angel."
“Remember September Aims For Something Much Deeper.”
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“Though Remember September is a group, it is the dynamic lyrics and melodies of Jay Schod that are t...“Though Remember September is a group, it is the dynamic lyrics and melodies of Jay Schod that are the backbone of the band.”
“Band Eager For Sunday’s Concert.”
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“Remember September was chosen from a pool of 40 bands, after Chicago’s management team went to a lo...“Remember September was chosen from a pool of 40 bands, after Chicago’s management team went to a local show…..”
"What The Industry Is Saying About Remember September..."
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" With me, it's always been about the melody, and "Something Much Deeper" abounds with melodiousness..." With me, it's always been about the melody, and "Something Much Deeper" abounds with melodiousness and euphonic harmonies. I have had the opportunity to see Remember September perform live on several occasions, and they do not disappoint. The tracks are just as enjoyable live as they are listening in the back lounge of the bus.
If I can walk away with a tune still in my head, then the band has done its job. On this disc, the boys certainly have. Well done!"
The Bitter End Testimonial (legendary NYC venue)
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"There's a reason why 'Remember September' is consistently opening up for some of the biggest acts i..."There's a reason why 'Remember September' is consistently opening up for some of the biggest acts in the country. Go see them live and find out why!"
Music Producer Testimonial
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"What can I tell you about Jay and Chris Schod? Well for a start, I met them through their music on ..."What can I tell you about Jay and Chris Schod? Well for a start, I met them through their music on "Something Much Deeper" and was impressed enough to put my company's name to it and flog their profile at Midem (the annual world music industry trade fair in Cannes, France.) These guys have great chops and can certainly churn out a super tune-the rhythm section is very on the money-the guitars jangle with the best out there, and Jay Schod's vocal delivery reminds me at times of Glen Tillbrook and many other 1970's successful pop/rock singers--There is a real raw talent and masses of potential here.
To top it all off, they're a handsome pair!! I can't wait to get them into a recording studio and produce something that will take over the planet!" Note: Foskett has produced Ringo Starr, Elvis Costello and many others.
Get Lyrical: Get Patriotic
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Published by EmilyCassel on June 29, 2011 in Features It’s that time of year again—a time for un...Published by EmilyCassel on June 29, 2011 in Features
It’s that time of year again—a time for unfurling the flag, firing up the grill and unleashing your inner pyromaniac with a homemade fireworks display. And of course, you’ll need a playlist for all the back porch barbecuing and blowing stuff up you plan on doing. We’re always willing to get you in the holiday spirit, so if you still have space in between “Sweet Home Alabama” and “Courtesy of the Red White and Blue,” on your iPod, we’d like to recommend the following tunes from two patriotic OurStagers.
Remember September – “Do You Remember”
Remember September manager John Schod says that “Do You Remember” was inspired in 2008, when the group took their first trip to Walter Reed Medical Center in DC to perform at a benefit concert for the soldiers, their families and the hospital staff. “Jay [Schod, vocals] said that he was speaking with two young boys that were visiting for the weekend to spend time with their dad, who was rehabilitating at the hospital,” Schod says. “The song is a tribute to the children of the fallen.”
Melancholy but hopeful, “Do You Remember” features wistful lyrics like “I miss the sunsets and I miss the moons/ The spring time in May, the summer time in June.” But while the song is a tearjerker, it ultimately has a hopeful message: “All the tears that I’ve cried since the day that you died/ Don’t worry I still believe.”
Remember September is a 5 piece band that performs for a wide variety of musical tastes, ages, and genres. Our music has been well-received at many festivals and summer concert series because of this diverse appeal.
We also appear as an acoustic act throughout the Northeast with one, two or three players.
Remember September is committed to creating the finest original music with quality lyrics and excellent musicianship.
Jay Schod - Jay is quickly becoming one of the most respected singer-songwriters in the area. His heart-felt lyrics and unorthodox melodies have become the trademark of the Remember September sound. In addition, his smooth yet soulful vocals have been compared to a modern Van Morrison and Brad Arnold of 3 Doors Down. In 2011, Jay was named "Best Singer/Songwriter" by the readers of Fairfield County Weekly.
Chris Schod - Chris is the eldest of the Schod brothers. Chris is a former professional model and TV-ad personality (see Photo #9) who has added style and panache to the band. His "spot on" harmonies and memorable guitar "licks" are the fine brush strokes to many of our most memorable tracks. He started playing guitar when he was 13, but his passion for music began at a much younger age, while listening to the radio with his father on long road trips. His love for all kinds of music from Dave Matthews to Stevie Ray Vaughn has been an inspiration for many of our tunes.
Eric Schod - Eric is the youngest of the Schod brothers. He recently completed his studies in Boston. Eric adds his interesting baselines to our rhythm section, which are reflective of his love for R&B, funk and hip-hop. He is a great fan of Victor Wooten and Stefan Lessard of The Dave Matthews Band.
Gerard "G" Awad - Gerard joined the band in 2006 and is the backbone of our rhythm section. Inspired by legends like Keith Moon and John Bonham, "G" has been performing since age 5 -- joining a legacy of Awad-family drummers. Born in Paris, he has played in everything from reggae to blues to jam-band acts. His studio experiences include several projects while living in LA for a variety of genres and musical tastes. Recently, "G" picked up a sponsorship from M.O.E. drums!
Dave Savitsky - For many years, Dave has been considered one of the finest sax players in the area. He is a graduate of The Hartt Music School at The University of Hartford and The Berklee School of Music in Boston. A previous member of several award-winning jazz bands, Dave has added an element of "cool" to the Remember September sound. His love of jazz and R&B can be found in most of our newer tracks. He is an instructor and lecturer of saxophone and jazz history at SUNY New Paltz in New York and is the father of a 4 year old son and newborn daughter.